Friday, January 10th, 2014 at 12:55 pm  |  29 responses

Eric Bledsoe Undergoes Right Knee Surgery


by Marcel Mutoni @ marcel_mutoni

The Phoenix Suns announced today that Eric Bledsoe underwent successful arthroscopic right knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus.

Reports began to surface on Thursday that Bledsoe would go under the knife, and be out indefinitely, but the Suns left open the possibility of a return to action later on this season.

From the press release:

Phoenix Suns guard Eric Bledsoe today underwent successful arthroscopic surgery involving meniscus cartilage in his right knee, the team has announced.

The surgery was performed in Phoenix by renowned Suns team doctor and knee surgeon Thomas Carter. Bledsoe will immediately begin a recovery and rehabilitation program and will pursue a possible return to action during the second half of this NBA season.

This is the rising star’s second operation on the same knee since 2011. Bledsoe, 24, has been on the sidelines the last four games, after hurting the knee on Dec.30 while playing against his former team, the LA Clippers.

Phoenix has defied everyone’s expectations of a tank job this season; instead posting an impressive 21-13 record. The team has gone 5-5 without Bledsoe in the lineup.

Eric Bledsoe was putting up averages of 18.0 points, 5.8 assists and 4.3 rebounds in his first 24 games with the Suns. He will be a restricted free agent this summer.

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  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    they are saying they expect him back this year, then it’s unlikely that they actually repaired the meniscus, more likely they removed whatever was detached

  • https://twitter.com/_SimeonA703 LBN-3805

    Their 7th in the Western Conference…. I didn’t see that coming at all

  • Vince Gully

    Hopefully Bledsoe doesn’t rush his rehab like Westbrook did.

  • spit hot fiyah

    i know he had knee surgery when he was on the clips. was that also meniscus? if so, remove or repair? do u know

  • spit hot fiyah

    together with everyone else

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    it’s the same knee, so they repaired it the first time.


    can’t remove something that is already gone, i assume lol

  • spit hot fiyah

    i meant shave or whatever it’s called. they could have removed/shaved the first one and then he had this recent tear on another part of the meniscus away from the first tear. theoretically speaking. which would now leave him with very little cushioning

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    right, “meniscus” is really just “knee cartilage” — and the first surgery was lateral, this seems to be medial, i assume they removed/shaved whatever was loose this time. the first time he was back in a few weeks as well, so maybe they did just shave that down too. either way, this is not a good sign long term.

  • spit hot fiyah

    amazing what kind of medical attention these guys get in order to get back. i shaved mine in like march and i still don’t feel right and have a bakers cyst in there that they don’t want to remove. it probably took me like 5 months before i could even start light weight squatting again

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    was your tear medial tho? i hear recovery from a medial tear is much much more unpredictable. — the cyst part of it i’ve never even heard of, is that part of what is slowing your rehab process?

  • Da-Meat-Hook

    I had my medial meniscus shaved down last November. Gonna attempt to play ball next week after finally getting the go-ahead from my surgeon. I usually run the point, but I plan on adjusting my game towards a Chuck Hayes-like 5’9 power forward that clotheslines anyone who dares to use any type of speed or athleticism versus me.

  • spit hot fiyah

    i’m not good with terminology but yeah medial, inside of the knee.

    the cyst is kind of a mystery, it seems to appear when people have a lot of swelling/fluid in the knee (something that off course happen when u tear the meniscus for example) and it sucks out the fluid from the knee.

    it can get kind of big and it definitely limits range of motion which i guess can hurt the rehab process. as my thigh is getting stronger and bigger (it got small real fast after the surgery) the cyst is becoming smaller and smaller but is still noticeable if i do something that makes my knee swell.

    it could be drained but could re-appear and it could be surgically removed and still re-appear. and it can disappear by it self if the leg becomes strong enough. that’s the way it was explained to me.

    and since it is not dangerous in itself and i function normally and am not an athlete that is trying to get back to his sport they didn’t want to remove due to the risk of infection and the risk of damaging nerves and veins in the back of the knee, where the cyst is located.

  • spit hot fiyah


  • LakeShow

    That’s the spirit!!

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Man I’m happy it’s nothing severe enough to be a significant risk, but that sounds like a major headache man, I’m sorry about that

  • spit hot fiyah

    it’s all good. if i was still playing i would be pretty bummed out. but i haven’t played in a few years so it doesn’t really bother me. but having that thing on the back of the knee is still in the back of ones mind though

  • 2chainz
  • http://www.slamonline.com/ Nick Tha Quick

    What did Bledsoe ever do to Mario Chalmers to deserve this?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    yeah i would assume that’s not something that stays off the mind. once you get the knee back to strength and that thing dissipates, will you get back to hoopin? or are you fine without it?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    they definitely removed it. just got word.

  • DMC14

    i cant see the phx staff/doctors leading him wrong and putting him back on the court to early. Now the suns will tank.

  • http://triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    I wanted it to happen…. didnt expect it. But now how I see why/how its happening it all makes sence.

  • http://triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    Ha…. I think I play against “you” most weekends at the brickpit….

  • spit hot fiyah

    i stopped hoopin about 3 years ago and have no intention of going back. but it really bothers me when strength training. i can’t really squat past 90 degrees. i can go on full blown sprints though without any problems.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Ahh man not hoopin again is my nightmare

  • Mars

    Expected the unexpected! And I called this, BUT, no one…NO ONE knew Gerald M&%^46R*** Green would turn up like this. He’s shooting lights out!

  • spit hot fiyah

    i hear you. i left on my own terms though while is still feel like i had some left. just other things became bigger priorities. and i didn’t want to half ass it. so i just walked away.

    somewhat related: terrell brandon, who was one of my favorite players growing up, hands down, (maybe the most underrated pg of the 90′s imo) i read something about him. that after he played his last nba game never picked up a basketball again.

    at the time i read it it struck me as extremely weird. now i understand him though

  • Ms. Smith

    Get well soon young blood

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